China backs N-deal

In a significant development, China today signalled easing of its strident opposition to the Indo-US nuclear deal, saying cooperation in use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes would be “beneficial” for maintaining effectiveness of global non-proliferation efforts.

“We consider the cooperation between countries to use nuclear energy for peaceful purpose will be beneficial to maintain the principles and effectiveness of international nuclear non-proliferation,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told PTI when asked to comment on the US Congress’ overwhelming approval of the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal last week.

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